Alumni Association Board 2021 -2022

The School of Nursing Alumni Association is an organization of all VUSN graduates.  Its leadership is committed to supporting the School through assistance with development, alumni relations, student interaction, and community affairs.  The goal of the Alumni Board is to support the School of Nursing by establishing and maintaining a strong alumni network, fostering positive student interactions with alumni, and increasing the community's awareness of the role of nursing and advanced practice nursing. Bylaws of the Alumni Association can be found here.

To find out how to get involved as a volunteer or leader, send an email to the Alumni Board president at or fill out a contact form.

The Board of Directors steers the activities and interests of the Alumni Association. Members are nominated and approved by the current Board.

Members are:

  • President: Joanie Laughlin Jeannette , DNP student, MSN’04 (health systems management), BSN’83, Associate Operating Officer of the Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital Medical Segment in Nashville
  • Past-President: Hannah Carroll Lowe, DNP, MSN’14 (family), family nurse practitioner, Premise Health PRN, and owner/consultant, Nutritional Medical Solutions, Huntsville, Ala.  
  • Desireé Clement, DNP’17, PMC’15 (family), assistant dean of graduate clinical programs and assistant professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and dual family nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife at Clarkston Community Health Center and Harriet Tubman Women’s Clinic, Atlanta
  • Charlotte Mathias Covington, MSN’89 (family), BSN’69, associate professor emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville
  • Ekom Essien, MSN’14 (pediatric primary care), BS’10, pediatric nurse practitioner, Maple City Health Care Center, and clinical faculty, Goshen College, South Bend, Ind.  
  • Matt Martin , DNP’14, MSN’12 (health systems management), Associate Vice President of Quality & Patient Safety for the North Florida Division of HCA Healthcare and instructor at VUSN
  • Donna Behler McArthur, PhD, MSN’77 (community & family health), adjunct clinical professor, University of Arizona College of Nursing, and associate, department of neurology; adjunct professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Tucson  
  • Thomasena Moore, DNP’19 (health systems management), registered nurse and quality management nurse consultant, VA Quality Scholars Nurse Fellow, Durham Veterans Administration Health Care System, Durham, N.C.  
  • Alexis Myers , MSN’17 (pediatric primary care), BA’14, gender support program nurse practitioner, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and PhD student, Rush University School of Nursing
  • Hannah Nolte, PhD student, MSN’17 (psychiatric-mental health), BA’15, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and psychiatric nurse practitioner, TMS Therapy of Huntsville, Huntsville, Ala.  
  • Cynthia O’Neal, PhD’07, associate dean for undergrad studies, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Tex.  
  • Shaunna Parker, MSN’11 (women’s health), instructor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville 
  • Joshua Thornsberry, DNP, MSN’12 (adult primary care), adult nurse practitioner, Wellstar Health System - Cardiovascular Medicine Department, Atlanta  
  • Ty Williams, DNP’12, MSN’03 (acute care), assistant professor, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Los Angeles 
  • Representative on Vanderbilt Alumni Board: Tiffany Street, DNP’18, MSN’03 (acute care), administrative director of ambulatory practice & ambulatory advanced practice, Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute, Nashville